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Author: Susanna Clarke Narrator: Simon Prebble, Davina Porter Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781427200792
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Following the enormous success of 2004 bestseller and critics' favorite Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke delivers a delicious collection of ten stories set in the same fairy-crossed world of 19th-century England. With Clarke's characteristic historical detail and diction, these dark, enchanting tales unfold in a slightly distorted version of our own world, where people are bedeviled by mischievous interventions from the fairies. With appearances from beloved characters from her novel, including Jonathan Strange and Childermass, and an entirely new spin on certain historical figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots, this is a must-have for fans of Susanna Clarke and an enticing introduction to her work for new listeners.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ravishing...superb...combines the dark mythology of fantasy with the delicious social comedy of Jane Austen into a masterpiece of the genre that rivals Tolkien. Time on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • Clarke welcomes herself into an exalted company of British writers--not only, some might argue, Dickens and Austen, but also the fantasy legends Kenneth Grahame and George MacDonald--as well as contemporary writers like Susan Cooper and Philip Pullman. The New York Times Book Review on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • There's no better way to experience the material than to hear it performed by such a consummate actor. Publishers Weekly on Simon Prebble's narration

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R. | 5/8/2011

    " Nice stories and as I read them while proctoring my midterms having several small independent
    stories in nice little hour segments was very convenient. I didn't think the story about
    Wellington and his horse was weak, only short - then again I like the Duke so I may be
    biased. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neal | 5/2/2011

    " Fun and whimsical. I would give it 3 and a half stars if that were an option. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 4/14/2011

    " A book of strange fairytales. Some I liked, some I didn't so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/6/2011

    " A short, enjoyable collection of fairy tales (in some cases literally about fairies), writing in an early 19th century style. The tales themselves are very fresh and lively. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " Delightful collection of magical short stories. Can't recommend highly enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika1411 | 3/11/2011

    " Liked Jonathan Strange and My Norrell better.

    But I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 3/5/2011

    " This book was a great collection of short stories that can be enjoyed by fans of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and I suspect people who are new to her works.

    Each story has one thing in common, and that's magic. Literally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/27/2011

    " Charming! I liked the characters much better than in the first book and enjoyed the format - a series of well crafted tales. It is the reward for laboring through the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vida | 2/12/2011

    " Reads like the page-long footnotes in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell so if you liked those (as I did), then you should like this too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 2/7/2011

    " If you loved Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell these short stories are set in the same universe and you will love them as well. If you did not love her novel or have not yet read it, stay away. "

About the Author

Susanna Clarke is a British author best known for her debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, a Hugo Award–winning alternate history.

About the Narrators

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and the Square One Theater, among others.